Olena Alec, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Olena (Horcajo) Alec leads Haleakalā Conservancy’s philanthropic efforts to provide funding for projects of critical importance to Haleakalā National Park and its unique and endangered resources. Born and raised here on Maui, Olena has spent most of her career away from the islands working within the environmental sector, utilizing education and effective communication to push for meaningful and measurable action. Olena comes to the Conservancy most recently from The Climate Reality Project, where she served as the director of engagement, overseeing the support, engagement, and strategy of tens of thousands of climate activists for seven years. Prior to Climate Reality, she worked in New York City connecting public school teachers and administrators to resources and partners to further their sustainability goals. She is a proud RPCV, having served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, working with her community on issues of environmental education, conservation, and sustainability.

She sits on the board of Students for Climate Action, as it is an honor to work alongside and support student activists to further the conversation on climate change and inspire action. She holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Environmental Studies from USC. It has been a lifelong goal to be back on Maui, contributing to the incredible community and landscape that is home, and you can often find her hiking through the park with her husband and daughter.

Camryn Riddell, Americorps VISTA/ Conservation Legacy Steward

Camryn was born and raised “outside of Philadelphia” in West Chester, PA. She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, a concentration in Humanitarian Operations, and a minor in Political Science. She has interned for nonprofits in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA where she gained valuable experience working in the nonprofit sector with education-based and food insecurity-based nonprofit organizations.

Camryn began her first Americorps VISTA year-long service with Haleakalā Conservancy in January 2020. Since January she has worked with marketing, fundraising, development, and much more with the Conservancy, and has spent time working with the Education and Interpretation division of Haleakalā National Park on Distance Learning, Junior Ranger programming, and more. She has contributed to the creation of our website and runs our social media accounts (Find us on Instagram and Facebook!).

Camryn is passionate about education, the environment, and our national parks, and appreciates the mission of Haleakalā Conservancy to support the valuable resources and beauty of Haleakalā National Park. She began her second year of service with Haleakalā Conservancy in February 2021, and is excited to see the growth of Haleakalā Conservancy in this coming year!